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CCL Tear and what to do

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Scooter,- PAWS

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Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 4:42am PST 
what's strange is you can't post the word s-p-e-c-i-a-l-i-s-t here.

If you have a wire crate, that might help since he can see everything going on around him. Maybe start getting him used to it now. You can put a comfy bed in there and leave the door open. you can place treats in there from time to time to get him used to the idea of going in and out way to go
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Pippin

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Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 5:27am PST 
Minimal steps, if you can stay quiet in a small area where you can't move around much. I you are terrified of a crate, I wouldn't go there. maybe you can block off a corner or other space?

I don't think there is any treatment for CCL tears except surgery that really works. Maybe discuss it with your vet. Pip had to have a mild tranquilizer near the end of his second recovery,he was really tired of being locked up and started getting upset.

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Toby

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Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 6:41pm PST 
Toby had a TPLO done by a board certified ortho special -ist. After 2 weeks of keeping him very pain free he was allowed to go for a VERY short walk in the yard. We did range of motion exercises with him every day. We tried the crate but with the cone (tried the boo boo loon type, he reached around and got to the incision anyway) it was hard to turn in the crate for him. We kept him in my husbands hone office on a big comfy ortho bed. Kevin even got a blow up mattress to sleep with him. After 4 weeks he could go on longer walks and after 6 weeks we back to pretty much normal. Cost a little over $3000
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Max

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Barked: Tue Apr 30, '13 4:07am PST 
Thanks! I am thinking i can break out the baby gates that we used during the puppy phase and make some sort of pin. Just gotta figure out how to keep him contained when we are here??? He is an extreme velcro dog! Where i goes he goes even if its just to lie down and guilt trip me into to petting him...smh (never had a dog that wanted to be touched continiously (sp?) I have already dragged my mattress off the bed and have it on the floor and am sleeping with him now ( when he allows it, bed hog!) Going to build some ramps as well as there are a couple of little step downs throughout the house.
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Max

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Barked: Fri May 10, '13 9:55pm PST 
OK figured it was time for an update. Max had the surgery on Tuesday and I was able to bring him home wednesday. Surgeon said everything went really well and I am sleeping with him on the floor at night. I do have a couple of more questions. Max gets very agitiated when I am not in sight (hence the floor and my need for pain killers now!) I am thinking of moving to the mattress I plaed ont he floor when this started but am worried about the step to get on the mattress, vet said one to two steps is fine and I shouldnt worry about but you guessed I am worried! So for everyone who had the TPLO what is your take on steps? I have read some conflicting information, like as long as its controlled steps are fine to no steps allowed at all!
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Pippin

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Barked: Sat May 11, '13 6:37am PST 
Pip had to go up or down 3 steps to get in or out of the house. He is too big for me to carry. We went slow and were careful. It didn't seem to be a problem and he has healed fine. I don't think stepping up on a mattress will cause any harm as long as it is slow and careful.

hug I am really glad it went well. wishes
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Max

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Barked: Sat May 11, '13 7:26am PST 
Thanks Pippin! This is giving me grey hairs!! He was really bouncy this morning so I am guessing he is feeling better it has been 4 days since surgery and he is putting more weight on that leg everyday! When we took him out to pee he even stood on it and lifted his good leg to pee...I swear i had mutiple heart attacks! but didnt want to scream to pull him off of it for fear to making him fall...smh
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Pippin

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Barked: Sat May 11, '13 9:56pm PST 
BOL, My injury was not acute like yours. It was a tear caused by poor conformation. I never favored the leg after surgery. I walked out of the vets office 4 square on 4 legs. Be glad he is starting to use the leg so soon. It is pretty common for a dog to tear the ccl on the good leg due to putting too much weight on it favoring the bad leg.hug

Deep breath, there is a pretty fearsome stout steal apparatus holding the knee while it heals.(a few months ago I had follow up x-rays, the bracket in my knee is amazing) Gentle weight bearing won't re-injure your knee.
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